On the trail of the oil spill


Offshore oil leaks are a catastrophe which threatens people and nature. Therefore, oil spills must be located as soon as possible, so that the substance can be suctioned off before it causes huge damage. Since here there is little time, and above all, the oil slick must be prevented from reaching the coast, modern technology must be used. The infrared thermography offers help quickly and precisely! Thermal imaging cameras are in fact able to make oil slicks identifiable quickly – even if the weather conditions offer poor visibility and a high swell. The display of the temperature differences of the oil slicks makes it possible. An area is then located and their size is also determined. The thermal imaging camera IC080LV shows reliable oil deposits in the sea and so the specialist and emergency response have accurate information on hand.

On the trail of the oil spill

It was only a few weeks ago, that two ships collided off the Belgian coast at night. After the collision, two major oil spills spread quickly in the North Sea. The authorities in Belgium and the Netherlands had to prepare for the immediate detection and clearance of the oil as it threatened to be washed up along the coasts. Offshore oil spills occur again and again – whether due to accidents involving ships or due to leaks in vessels and pipelines. In order to mitigate damage in the best possible way, quick and professional assistance is needed. After all, the quicker oil slicks are discovered and their size can be determined, all the more oil can be removed by the specialists.

Rapid assistance by infrared cameras

Here the blessing in disguise is that oil forms a slick in the sea. Which means that the emergency response can get to work precisely with the help of infrared thermography, because thermal imaging cameras detect the oil slicks as warm or cold spots. It depends on the time of day. The temperature of water and oil are in fact different. The oil absorbs daytime heat faster since it has better thermal conductivity. Thus, the oil is warmer than the sea water. This difference is visible on thermal images. This is reversed at night, because the seawater is warmer. Because the oil slick loses its heat quicker and is thus seen in infrared images as the colder area.

Easily identifiable temperature differences

The thermal imaging cameras from Trotec are indispensable aids in locating oil slicks, especially if it is to take place quickly and precisely. In particular, the IC-series models  should not be missing from the relief operation, because when it comes to pointing out the temperature differences of the oil slick and seawater. Within a short time the handy, robust units are in operation and deliver crisp and detailed infrared images – no matter what time of day or night, and regardless of the weather. Moreover, the precise technology has extremely high coverage. So no details will escape the emergency response, even if there is dense fog and high waves. Another benefit: The quality of the thermal images is not influenced by external light sources coming from ships or from the shore.

Everything in sight with the IC080LV

The IC080LV thermal imaging camera promises the most reliable performance. When it comes to the determination of even small temperature differences, it is equipped with a temperature measurement range of -20 to +600 degrees Celsius and a large infrared sensor with more than 110,000 independent temperature measuring points. It comes as standard with an integrated real image camera, video light and DuoVision function for real display of superimposed infrared and real images, thus providing accurate measurements. For an effective search for oil slicks and a detailed documentation! Also with an optional Bluetooth connection, voice comments can be recorded. So the emergency response can capture their infrared observations on site and evaluate in peace afterwards.

The advantages of the IC080LV

  • Full radiometric infrared camera from original EU production for the highest standards
  • High-performance image sensor with 384 x 288 measurement points
  • High thermal sensitivity of 0.05 degrees Celsius for detailed thermal images
  • Temperature measurement range of -20 to +600 degrees Celsius
  • High geometric resolution of 1.1 mrad

The IC series thermal imaging cameras in the Trotec online shop:

Always there, always available, when it comes to precise technology: It’s the Trotec online shop. Different models of the IC thermal imaging cameras are here, ready for the location of oil slicks and the exact determination of their size. For example, the powerful and highly professional IC080LV is £2,669.49 incl. VAT.


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